Property at a Glance: Reservation on the Guadalupe
The accommodations at Reservation on the Guadalupe are canvas tipis, but not what you’d expect—they have flat-screen TVs with Amazon Fire, kitchenettes, and private bathrooms with walk-in showers. Each extralarge cone sleeps up to six guests on two queen beds and one queen-size sleeper sofa. Set on the banks of the Guadalupe River, the luxe campsite has direct access to swimming, fishing, and tubing in the slow-moving waters. There’s even a riverfront deck where you can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.
- Kitchenette features: sink, mini refrigerator, stovetop, and toaster oven
- Personal barbecue grills and fire pits make you feel like you’re hanging out in your own backyard.
- Visit the community game room to play ping-pong and board games or watch your favorite show on a big-screen TV. It’s located inside a treehouse.
- Walk to the riverfront park: It’s a nice spot to fish, swim, and take a tubing excursion.
- Distance from San Antonio: about 50 miles
Texas Hill Country: Pastoral Landscape of Ranches, Rivers, and German-American Towns
A picturesque region of rolling hills and valleys covered in bluebonnets, the area of central Texas known as Texas Hill Country has been compared to the landscape of Tuscany by the New York Times. Texas Hill Country is a backyard playground for nearby cities, as it lies just west of Austin and northwest of San Antonio. Urbanites often escape here for the weekend to enjoy the slower pace and beat the heat—the region’s slightly higher elevation means it’s often less humid. With many state parks and spring-fed rivers, the Hill Country is also a haven for outdoorsy types; activities range from fishing and tubing to rock climbing. The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is popular thanks to its main attraction: a gigantic pink-granite dome in the middle of the park.
Among the Hill Country’s major towns, Bandera best captures its cowboy spirit. It’s not uncommon to catch an open rodeo in the summer or to see a ranch hand riding to the store on horseback. The town is also surrounded by dude ranches where you can get a taste of the local lifestyle. Just north of Bandera, the town of Fredericksburg is also worth exploring. Along with New Braunfels, it was one of the main settlements of local German immigrants in the 1840s—a heritage that visitors can still see today in the “Willkommen” signs hung on shop doors.